MR. JOHN R. FOW LENGTHY CIVIC RECORD (0.C.) HAMILTON, this day. A former mayor or Hamilton, Mr. John Robert Fow died suddenly at his home in George Street, Hamilton, this afternoon. Mr. Fow's unique record of public service extended over 36 years. Born in Louth, Lincolnshire, in 1869, he spent practically all his life in New Zealand, arriving in the country as a boy and being taken by his parents to live, in Waimate South.
After leaving school he worked successively at the occupations of sawmiller, farrier and blacksmith, carriage maker and auctioneer before building up a substantial business as a furnisher. In 1907 Mr. Fow was elected to the Hamilton Borough Council, and, except for one year, he sat continually on. the council until his death. He was elected Mayor in 1916, and held that office until 1931, apart from one year when he rested after the influenza epidemic and one year when the Hamilton and Frankton boroughs amalgamated. In 1933 he was again 'elected Mayor, and continued in office until his retirement just before the outbreak of war. Mr. Fow was connected with variout civic and educational bodies, including the Auckland Harbour Board. Mr. Fow is survived by his wife and five children, namely, Messrs. A. L. Fow, H. H. Fow and Misses Ivy and Norma Fow, of Hamilton, and Mrs. Lionel Thomas, of Auckland.
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OBITUARY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXIV, Issue 222, 18 September 1943
OBITUARY Auckland Star, Volume LXXIV, Issue 222, 18 September 1943
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